Food Freezers
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Safety Information
How to Connect Electricity . . . . . . 4
Proper Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Use of Extension Cords . . . . . . . . . 3
Operating Instructions
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9
Defrosting Instructions . . . . . . . . . .7
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 6
Starting the Freezer . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Owner’s Manual &
Installation Instructions
Chest—Manual
Defrost Models:
FCM5
FCM7
FCM9
Installation Instructions
Preparing to Install the Freezer . . 10
Troubleshooting Tips
Before You Call For Service . . .11, 12
Normal Operating
Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Consumer Support
Consumer Support . . . . . Back Cover
Production Registration . . . . . 13, 14
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Write the model and serial numbers here:
Model # __________________________
Serial # __________________________
You can find them on a plate on the
top-center on the back of the unit.
197D3355P005 49-60518 05-07 JR
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this Owner’s Manual.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Operating Instructions
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following:
■ This freezer must be properly installed and
located in accordance with the Installation
Instructions before it is used.
■ Turning the control to the OFF position does
not remove power to the light circuit on models
with interior light.
■ Do not allow children to climb, stand or hang
on the shelves in the freezer. They could damage
the freezer and seriously injure themselves.
■ Do not refreeze frozen foods which have
thawed completely.
■ After your freezer is in operation, do not touch
the cold surfaces, particularly when hands are
damp or wet. Skin may stick to these extremely
cold surfaces.
Installation Instructions
■ Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable
vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any
other appliance.
■ Unplug the freezer before cleaning, making
repairs or changing the light bulb.
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NOTE: We strongly recommend that any servicing be
performed by a qualified individual.
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■ The maximum amount of food your freezer is
designed to freeze at one time is approximately
3 pounds (1.5 kg) per cubic foot of freezer
capacity. In normal position, your freezer’s
temperature control will maintain sufficiently
low temperatures in the freezer to freeze
recommended quantities of food.
■ Caution should be used when removing the door
of a freezer. Particular caution should be used
when removing the lid of a Chest freezer, as most
Chest freezer lids are under spring tension.
Contact the manufacturer’s representative for
a method of safe removal.
DANGER! RISK OF CHILD ENTRAPMENT
PROPER DISPOSAL OF THE FREEZER
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following:
Before You Throw Away Your Old
Refrigerator or Freezer:
Refrigerants
All refrigeration products contain refrigerants,
which under federal law must be removed prior to
product disposal. If you are getting rid of an old
refrigeration product, check with the company
handling the disposal about what to do.
■ Take off the doors.
■ Leave the shelves in place so that children may
not easily climb inside.
Installation Instructions
USE OF EXTENSION CORDS
Operating Instructions
Child entrapment and suffocation are not
problems of the past. Junked or abandoned
refrigerators and freezers are still dangerous…even
if they will sit for “just a few days.” If you are getting
rid of your old refrigerator or freezer, please follow
the instructions below to help prevent accidents.
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Because of potential safety hazards under certain conditions, we strongly recommend against
the use of an extension cord.
However, if you must use an extension cord, it is absolutely necessary that it be a UL-listed (in the United
States) or a CSA-listed (in Canada), 3-wire grounding type appliance extension cord having a grounding
type plug and outlet and that the electrical rating of the cord be 15 amperes (minimum) and 120 volts.
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WARNING!
HOW TO CONNECT ELECTRICITY
Do not, under any circumstances, cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord.
For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded.
The power cord of this appliance is equipped
with a 3-prong (grounding) plug which mates
with a standard 3-prong (grounding) wall outlet
to minimize the possibility of electric shock
hazard from this appliance.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
Have the wall outlet and circuit checked by a
qualified electrician to make sure the outlet is
properly grounded.
If the outlet is a standard 2-prong wall outlet, it
is your personal responsibility and obligation to
have it replaced with a properly grounded 3-prong
wall outlet.
This provides the best performance and also
prevents overloading house wiring circuits which
could cause a fire hazard from overheated wires.
Never unplug your freezer by pulling on the power
cord. Always grip plug firmly and pull straight out
from the outlet.
Repair or replace immediately all power cords that
have become frayed or otherwise damaged. Do not
use a cord that shows cracks or abrasion damage
along its length or at either end.
When moving the freezer away from the wall, be
careful not to roll over or damage the power cord.
Installation Instructions
The freezer should always be plugged into its own
individual electrical outlet which has a voltage
rating that matches the rating plate.
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READ AND FOLLOW THIS SAFETY INFORMATION CAREFULLY.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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Temperature Control
Freezing temperature selection is made by
setting the control from 1 to 7 (coldest).
If you want colder or warmer temperatures,
adjust the control one step at a time.
Allow several hours after each one-step
adjustment for the freezer temperature
to stabilize.
Installation Instructions
Turning the control to the OFF position
stops the cooling process but does not
shut off power to the freezer.
Operating Instructions
Starting the Freezer
1 Clean the inside of the freezer with a mild solution of baking soda and water (see Care and Cleaning).
2 Connect cord to power outlet.
3 On models with a Temperature Monitor or High-Temp Alarm Switch, set the switch to the OFF position.
4 Make sure the temperature control is set at 4.
5 Allow freezer to operate for at least four hours before placing food inside.
6 On models with a Temperature Monitor or High-Temp Alarm Switch, set the switch to the ON position.
Safety Instructions
About the operation of your freezer.
Troubleshooting Tips
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Safety Instructions
About the operation of your freezer.
Power-On Light (on some models)
The Power-On Light indicates that the
freezer is properly connected to the
electrical power.
The light glows even when the temperature
control is turned off.
Key-Ejecting Lock (on some models)
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Installation Instructions
Operating Instructions
The key for the spring-loaded lock is
automatically ejected—key will not
remain in lock in either the open or
closed position.
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Keep the key out of reach of children and away from
the freezer.
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In most climates, defrosting will be
necessary only about twice a year.
To remove frost, scrape with a plastic or
wood spatula or scraper.
To have your freezer operate most efficiently,
do not permit more than 1/2 ″ (13 mm) of
frost to accumulate on the shelves.
Do not use an ice pick or sharp-edged
instrument as it may damage or scratch the freezer.
Do not use any electrical device in defrosting
your freezer.
the temperature control to the
1 Turn
OFF position and unplug the freezer.
all food and place it in
2 Remove
corrugated boxes, insulated bags,
picnic coolers, etc. Use towels and
newspapers for insulation as needed.
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With the door/lid open, use pans of
hot water to speed loosening of frost.
Remove large pieces before they melt.
NOTE: Water may drip from the back flange of
the lid cover during defrosting. This is normal.
Ice builds up in the lid insulation when the lid is
open for adding or removing food, and melts
during the defrosting operation.
overflowing.
defrosting, clean the inside of the
5 After
freezer (see Care and Cleaning).
the drain plug inside the
6 Replace
cabinet and the cap on the defrost
drain. Fold over and dry the gasket
on the hinge side of the lid.
in the freezer. Return the
7 Plug
temperature control to its previous
position and return food to the freezer.
Installation Instructions
Chest models have a defrost water drain
at the front.
excess water from the bottom
4 Sponge
of the freezer as it collects to prevent
Operating Instructions
For Complete Defrosting
Safety Instructions
Defrosting instructions.
Troubleshooting Tips
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Cleaning Your Freezer
■ Outside. Protect the paint finish. The
finish on the outside of the freezer is
a high quality, baked-on paint finish.
With proper care, it will stay new-looking
and rust-free for years. Apply a coat of
appliance polish wax when the freezer
is new and then at least twice a year.
Appliance polish wax also works well
to remove tape residue from freezer
surfaces.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
Care and cleaning of the freezer.
Keep the finish clean. Wipe with a clean
cloth lightly dampened with appliance
polish wax or mild liquid dishwashing
detergent. Dry and polish with a clean,
soft cloth. Do not wipe the freezer with
a soiled dishwashing cloth or wet towel.
Do not use scouring pads, powdered
cleaners, bleach or cleaners containing
bleach.
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Installation Instructions
CAUTION: Care should be taken in moving the
freezer away from the wall. All types of floor
coverings can be damaged, particularly cushioned
coverings and those with embossed surfaces.
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■ Inside. Clean the inside of your freezer at
least once a year. We recommend that the
freezer be unplugged before cleaning. If
this is not practical, wring excess moisture
out of sponge or cloth when cleaning in
the vicinity of switches, lights or controls.
Use warm water and baking soda
solution—about a tablespoon of baking
soda to a quart of water. Rinse thoroughly
with water and wipe dry. Do not use
cleaning powders or other abrasive
cleaners.
An open box of baking soda in the
freezer will absorb stale freezer odors.
Change the box every three months.
In Case of Extended Power Failure
■ Keep freezer door/lid closed. Your
freezer will keep food frozen for 24 hours
provided warm air is not admitted.
WARNING: Handling of dry ice can cause freezing
of the hands—gloves or other protection is
recommended.
■ If freezer is out of operation for 24 hours
or more, add dry ice. Leave ice in large
pieces. Add more ice as required.
■ If dry ice is not available, move food to
a frozen food locker temporarily—until
power is restored.
Operating Instructions
Preparing to Move
Disconnect the power cord plug from
the wall outlet. Remove foods, defrost
and clean the freezer.
Secure all loose items such as grille and
shelves by taping them securely in place
to prevent damage.
Be sure freezer stays in upright position
during actual moving and in van. The
freezer must be secured in van to prevent
movement. Protect outside of freezer with
blanket.
When the freezer is not operating, it can be
left in an unheated house or room without
damage to cabinet or mechanism.
Troubleshooting Tips
For extended vacations or absences, you
may prefer to move your frozen foods to a
storage locker temporarily. If your freezer is
to be left empty, disconnect power cord
plug from wall outlet. To prevent formation
of odors, place open box of baking soda in
freezer and leave freezer door/lid open.
Installation Instructions
Preparing for Vacation
To maintain freezer in operation during
vacations, be sure your house power is not
turned off. For sure protection of freezer
contents, you may want to ask a neighbor
to check the power supply and freezer
operation every 48 hours.
Safety Instructions
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Read these instructions completely and carefully.
Freezer Location
Your freezer should be conveniently located for
day-to-day use in a dry, well-ventilated room.
Do not install the freezer where the temperature
will go below 0°F or above 110°F, because it will
not maintain proper temperatures.
Operating Instructions
Safety Instructions
Preparing to install the freezer.
Be sure to install your freezer on a floor strong
enough to support it when it is fully loaded.
Clearances
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Installation Instructions
On all models, allow 3″ (76 mm) on top, back
and sides for proper air circulation.
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The freezer must be solidly positioned on the floor
if it is to function at its best. Shims may be used to
accomplish this wherever the floor is too uneven.
If the place selected for the freezer is damp or
moist, place 2 X 4’s (51 mm X 102 mm) under its
entire length to assure adequate support.
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These things are normal and
do not indicate a need for service.
■ A warm cabinet exterior as the refrigeration system transfers heat from the inside to the outside through
the exterior cabinet walls.
■ The sound of the high-efficiency compressor motor.
Operating Instructions
Before you call for service…
Troubleshooting Tips
Save time and money! Review the charts on the following
pages first and you may not need to call for service.
Possible Causes
What To Do
Freezer does not
operate or Power-On
Light is not on
Temperature control
in OFF position.
• Move the control to a temperature setting.
Freezer is unplugged.
• Push the plug completely into the outlet.
The fuse is blown/circuit
breaker is tripped.
•Replace fuse or reset the breaker.
Door/lid left open.
• Check to see if package is holding door/lid open.
Freezer starts/stops
too frequently
Noisy operation
or cabinet vibrates
Temperature control
set too cold.
•See About the operation of your freezer.
Door/lid left open.
• Check to see if package is holding door/lid open.
Too frequent or too long
door/lid openings.
Temperature control
set too cold.
• See About the operation of your freezer.
Inadequate air circulation
space around cabinet.
•See Preparing to install the freezer.
Fast Freeze switch is in the
ON position (on some models)
• See About the operation of your freezer.
Floor may be weak, causing
freezer to vibrate when
compressor is on.
• Placing 2 X 4’s (51 mm X 102 mm) under the length of
the freezer will help support it and may reduce vibration.
Cabinet is not positioned
solidly on floor.
•See Preparing to install the freezer. Or use shims for
uneven floor.
Door/lid left open.
• Check to see if package is holding door/lid open.
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Freezer temperature
too warm
Too frequent or too long
door/lid openings.
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Freezer operates
too long
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Problem
Safety Instructions
Normal operating characteristics.
Too frequent or too long
door/lid openings.
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Safety Instructions
Operating Instructions
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Problem
Possible Causes
What To Do
Foods defrosting
Temperature control
in OFF position.
• Move the control to a temperature setting.
Freezer is unplugged.
• Push the plug completely into the outlet.
The fuse is blown/circuit
breaker is tripped.
• Replace fuse or reset the breaker.
Door/lid left open.
• Check to see if package is holding door/lid open.
Too frequent or too long
door/lid openings.
Freezer temperature
too cold
Temperature control
set too cold.
•See About the operation of your freezer.
Fast Freeze switch is in the
ON position or has run for too
long (on some models)
•See About the operation of your freezer.
Moisture forms on
outside of cabinet
Not unusual during
periods of high humidity.
•Wipe surface dry.
Interior light does
not work
(on some models)
No power at outlet.
• Replace fuse or reset the breaker.
Freezer is unplugged.
• Push the plug completely into the outlet.
Light bulb burned out.
•Replace bulb.
Door/lid won’t fully
close by itself
Package holding door/lid open.
Slow starting time
after being off
Built-in overload protection.
Excessive frost
buildup
Door/lid left open.
• Check to see if package is holding door/lid open.
Too frequent or too long
door/lid openings.
Not unusual during
periods of high humidity.
NOTE: Do not return the freezer to the store where you purchased it. The freezer is eligible for in-home service. For warranty service,
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Any part of the freezer which fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship. During this
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■ Replacement of house fuses or resetting of circuit
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or acts of God.
■ Loss of food due to spoilage.
■ Damage caused after delivery.
■ Incidental or consequential damage caused by possible
defects with this appliance.
■ Product not accessible to provide required service.
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Installation Instructions
■ Failure of the product if it is abused, misused, or used for
other than the intended purpose or used commercially.
Operating Instructions
For The Period Of:
Safety Instructions
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